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  • Firm gives glimpse of super-speed transportation

    May 12, 2016 10:02 AM

    LAS VEGAS - And off it went. A company that hopes to zip people and cargo through tubes at hundreds of miles an hour provided a glimpse of its propulsion system for the first time Wednesday in North Las Vegas. The seconds-long, outdoor demonstration by Hyperloop One featured what appeared... more »
  • US imposes new Iran sanctions for ballistic missile testing

    January 17, 2016 3:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - The United States has imposed sanctions against 11 individuals and entities involved in Iran's ballistic missile program as a result of Tehran's firing of a medium-range ballistic missile. U.N. experts said in a report in December that the missile test in October violated sanctions banning Iran from launches... more »
  • UN's Ban condemns North Korea's nuclear announcement

    January 6, 2016 11:06 AM

    SEOUL, South Korea - The United Nations secretary-general is condemning North Korea's announcement of its latest nuclear test, calling it "profoundly destabilizing for regional security." Ban Ki-moon demands that Pyongyang cease any further nuclear activities and meet its obligations for "for verifiable denuclearization." Ban spoke to reporters shortly before the... more »
  • High court takes up challenges to drunken-driving test

    December 11, 2015 2:55 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is taking up a group of cases challenging laws in Minnesota and North Dakota that make it a crime for people arrested for drunken driving to refuse to take a chemical test that can detect the presence of alcohol. The justices agreed Friday to consider... more »
  • No punishment for school where student skip Common Core test

    December 2, 2015 9:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The state's top school board has approved a policy that would allow schools where about 5,000 students skipped Common Core tests to avoid any penalties. Jane Smith, a member of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and longtime Common Core critic, praised the plan approved on... more »
  • State to revive mercury testing program

    November 8, 2015 5:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State regulators are reviving a program to test the mercury levels of fish caught in Louisiana waters, providing consumers with updated warnings for the first time since 2008. Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality staff in January will begin taking a fresh look at fish in waters put... more »
  • VW says it will cooperate amid latest cheating allegation

    November 2, 2015 1:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - Volkswagen says it will "fully cooperate" with the Environmental Protection Agency, which is accusing the automaker of cheating a second time on emissions tests. This time, the agency says VW programmed about 10,000 cars with larger diesel engines to emit fewer pollutants during testing than when they were... more »
  • More details released on Common Core results

    October 22, 2015 2:29 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Zachary Community School District led the state in the percentage of its students achieving "mastery" of subject matter in Common Core-aligned tests given last spring. The figures released Thursday also show that the Assumption Parish School District has made the greatest performance gains compared to other... more »
  • La. Common Core test results 'roughly comparable' to past

    October 12, 2015 3:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's education chief says student performance on new, more rigorous standardized tests aligned to Common Core standards was "roughly comparable" to results from tests used in the past. However, math performance was lower. And the percentage of students who show what state officials currently consider "mastery"... more »
  • Louisiana moves up in rankings based on ACT test scores

    August 26, 2015 7:58 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Louisiana still ranks below the national average - and near the bottom among all states - in average composite scores for students taking the ACT college readiness test. However, state officials note that the state did move up in the latest national ACT data. And the state education... more »
  • Higher numbers of La. students reach college-ready ACT score

    July 16, 2015 12:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's education department says the number of public high school seniors who scored well enough on the ACT standardized test to enter college without remedial work continues to grow. The department released updated data Thursday. Of the latest group of graduating seniors, 24,619 students earned an ACT... more »
  • Bacteria found in water at most La. beaches, advisories posted

    July 2, 2015 10:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The most recent sampling of water off Louisiana's coast has found enough bacteria to post advisories at almost every beach along the shoreline. Only eight had no advisory Thursday. Almost twenty were posted with a warning after scientists found some sort of bacteria. When an advisory is... more »
  • DWI task force wants forced blood tests statewide Play Video

    June 23, 2015 7:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Governor's DWI Task Force wants law enforcement agencies across the state to forcibly test the blood of suspected drunk drivers who refuse to blow into a breathalyzer. The task force believes the practice will greatly reduce drunk driving if offenders know there's no way to prevent... more »
  • California high school student missing after SAT exam

    June 7, 2015 6:40 PM

    ARCADIA, Calif. - Police are looking for a 16-year-old California high school student who went missing after she was dropped off to take her SAT exam. Arcadia police say Mira Hu's parents couldn't find her when they went to pick her up at Arcadia High School, where she was dropped... more »
  • LSP fire delaying DNA results in teacher sex case

    May 21, 2015 2:26 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - Investigators said a fire at the Louisiana State Police headquarters delayed results of a DNA test in the case of a teacher accused of having sex with multiple students, possibly fathering a child with one. Deputies arrested Keavin Keith earlier this week on 37 charges of inappropriate... more »
  • St. George Fire Department to hire more firefighters Play Video

    May 7, 2015 6:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - St. George Fire Department Chief Jerry Tarleton said his department is battling a different kind of fire right now: a worrying shortage of recruits. Tarleton said right now the department is down 23 firefighters, which is impacting their ability to bring all their equipment to bear... more »
  • Common Core opponents fall short on La. House test vote

    April 20, 2015 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - If Common Core opponents want to get the education standards stripped from Louisiana's public schools, it looks as if they have more work to do, to get lawmakers on their side. Rep. Brett Geymann failed in a procedural move Monday to get his bill - which would... more »
  • Spillway set to be tested due to high water levels

    April 4, 2015 11:55 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Army Corps of Engineers is preparing to test the historic Bonnet Carre Spillway next week. The corps and other flood-fighting agencies are on alert due to high water levels in the Mississippi River. On Wednesday, crews will practice removing and replacing large crane-hoisted wooden needles -... more »
  • Test security now means checking social media for cheaters

    March 19, 2015 2:08 AM

    TRENTON, N.J. - Critics of a standardized tests have a new complaint. They're troubled by the revelation that the company that oversees the exam being given this month in 12 states is monitoring students' social media. A New Jersey superintendent said in an email last week that she was contacted... more »
  • Small schools worried about PARCC opt-out Play Video

    March 16, 2015 12:41 PM

    CENTRAL - Thousands of children in Louisiana sat down Monday to take a test which stirred controversy among opponents of the multi-state Common Core initiative. It's the students who aren't taking the test, though, which worry administrators in small school districts like Central. Administrators with the community school... more »
  • 6 parents opt kids out of PARCC in WBR Play Video

    March 5, 2015 6:42 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Parents in West Baton Rouge parish were given the chance to opt their kids out of taking the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test. Two meetings were held at the West Baton Rouge School Board Office so parents could air out... more »
  • WBR hosts Common Core testing opt-out meetings today

    March 5, 2015 7:59 AM

    PORT ALLEN - School leaders and parents will be meeting in West Baton Rouge Parish today to discuss the controversial testing associated with Common Core education standards. Superintendent Wesley Watts set-up a pair of meetings for parents who plan to opt their kids out of PARCC testing. There is... more »
  • Traffic calming test leaves residents undecided Play Video

    November 6, 2014 6:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A plan that some people are hoping will lessen traffic and make streets safer has kicked into full gear. It's called the Traffic Calming Test, and the city started it Tuesday by putting one way street signs and lowered speed limits in certain areas. They plan... more »
  • La. releases school performance scores Play Video

    October 21, 2014 10:30 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The number of Louisiana public schools earning an A or a B under the state's performance grading system has gone up from 575 a year ago to 607 this year. State education officials released school and district performance reports Tuesday morning. Louisiana Education Superintendent John White was... more »
  • LSU enrolling patients in new kind of drug test

    July 25, 2014 3:27 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - LSU Health Sciences Center says people with a common, hard-to-treat kind of lung cancer can join a new national trial to test drugs faster. Patients with advanced squamous cell lung cancer can enroll at LSU cancer centers in New Orleans, Houma, Covington and Baton Rouge. Most such... more »
  • New diabetes studies need volunteers at Pennington Play Video

    June 11, 2014 6:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Scientists are looking for volunteers for two new studies on diabetes at Pennington Biomedical Research Center. Researchers are working to prevent diabetes by treating people with pre-diabetes and type two diabetes with a combination of FDA approved drugs. One study, D2D , is for pre-diabetes.... more »
  • State EBT card system to be tested

    May 8, 2014 12:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Children & Family Services said Thursday retailers should not expect any impact from an upcoming multi-state test of Xerox's EBT card system. DCFS, who contracts with Xerox to distribute benefits for SNAP and other benefits, said that the tests are not expected to... more »
  • Does It Really Work, Potato Express Play Video

    February 5, 2014 7:16 AM

    Potato Express claims to microwave 4 potatoes in 4 minutes to perfection. Whitney Vann puts it to the test to find out if it really works. more »
  • Cheating allegations raise concerns for BESE Play Video

    January 14, 2014 6:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A BESE representative is upset after what they said was lack of communication over allegations of cheating at East Baton Rouge Schools. Lottie Beebe says she was highly disturbed to find out the East Baton Rouge School System is being investigated for allegations of cheating on... more »
  • Manziel, A&M face tough test at LSU

    November 22, 2013 2:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Another season filled with memorable scrambles, long touchdown throws and gaudy statistics has Johnny Manziel in contention for a second straight Heisman Trophy. It could come down to how well Manziel plays inside Tiger Stadium Saturday afternoon, for the Aggies' first trip to Baton Rouge since 1994. ... more »
  • School memo promotes do-overs on tests Play Video

    November 20, 2013 6:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new policy endorsed by the East Baton Rouge Parish School System Central Office grants students at certain schools the right to re-do assignments and re-take tests regardless of their grade. Belaire and Tara High Schools were the first to roll out the new policy defining... more »
  • What we can learn from TV host's surprise cancer diagnosis Play Video

    November 11, 2013 8:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - On Oct. 1, Good Morning America's Amy Robach agreed to get a mammogram on live TV in efforts to raise awareness and debunk the painful rumors about the test. It was a test, that ended up saving her life. Shortly after the mammogram, Robach was called... more »
  • Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Play Video

    May 14, 2013 10:56 PM

    PORT ALLEN- Mosquitoes in traps in West Baton Rouge have tested positive for West Nile, the potentially dangerous disease carried by the bugs. The positive results were found earlier than usual. So, crews have started spraying parts of the parish, first focusing on areas where the bugs were found... more »
  • Coalition on immigration bill clears first tests

    May 9, 2013 4:04 PM

    WASHINGTON - The bipartisan group of senators supporting a plan to overhaul immigration laws has been sticking together today, amid a critical series of early test votes. The coalition turned back challenges from conservative critics as the Senate Judiciary Committee worked to refine the legislation. It would secure the nation's... more »
  • BR native passing on secrets of perfect test scores Play Video

    May 7, 2013 4:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge native Craig Gehring made perfect scores on the ACT and SAT. Now he's helping a new generation of students facing the same tests. Gehrig created a series of test prep books and camps passing along good test-taking tips and techniques for students preparing for... more »
  • NFL group, company teaming up for brain drug test

    April 24, 2013 10:45 AM

    NEW YORK - A potential treatment for traumatic brain injuries may be tested in retired professional football players, who are the focus of concern over blows to the head. Neuralstem, Inc., of Rockville, Md., said Wednesday it is working with the National Football League Alumni Association to study the feasibility... more »
  • List of approved BRPD chief applicants released

    April 19, 2013 3:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board released a list of 17 applicants approved to take the civil service exam to replace fired Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White. The Board approved the following applicants at its April 18 meeting: * Carl... more »
  • Depth test scheduled for sinkhole cavern

    April 9, 2013 10:57 AM

    BAYOU CORNE - Crews at the Assumption Parish sinkhole scheduled another test today to determine how deep the cavern below it is. Sonny Cranch with Texas Brine LLC, which owns the land the sinkhole appeared on, said their last tests showed the floor had risen about 1,900 feet, putting... more »
  • Waterway dyed red for DEQ pollutant test

    March 19, 2013 1:09 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - State environmental officials are seeing red today at Bayou Lafourche, and lots of it. The Department of Environmental Quality put harmless red dye into the waterway to test how long it would take an actual pollutant to travel to local water pumps. The data will help... more »
  • Students prepare for LEAP testing Play Video

    March 14, 2013 5:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LEAP testing begins next week for students in Louisiana's schools, and students said today they're feeling the pressure. "You know, it's like a root canal, you feel better afterwards," said Susanne Hudeacek, who's preparing for the tests to begin Monday. The LEAP test assess skills... more »
  • FAA takes step toward widespread US drone flights

    February 15, 2013 7:14 AM

    WASHINGTON - A future in which unmanned drones are as common in U.S. skies as helicopters and airliners has moved a step closer to happening with a government request for proposals to create six drone test sites around the country. The Federal Aviation Administration made the request Thursday, kicking off... more »
  • UN warns of further action against North Korea after nuclear test

    February 12, 2013 2:51 PM

    UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council is planning on taking further action against North Korea, calling today's nuclear test " a clear threat to international peace and security." North Korea is calling this latest atomic test its "first response" to what it describes as U.S. threats. They... more »
  • Ex-Mass. chemist in drug lab case heads to court

    February 4, 2013 9:06 AM

    SALEM, Mass.- A former Massachusetts chemist accused of faking test results at a state drug lab faces her sixth arraignment. Annie Dookhan is scheduled to be arraigned Monday on an obstruction of justice charge in Salem Superior Court. She is charged with falsely claiming she holds a master's degree in... more »
  • N Korea warns that nuke test may be imminent

    January 23, 2013 10:42 PM

    SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea is warning that it is prepared to conduct a nuclear test and carry out more long-range rocket launches. In a statement carried Thursday by state media, the National Defense Commission in Pyongyang threatened to wage a "full-fledged confrontation" against the U.S. for what it... more »

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